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2011 National League West Preview

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Can the Giants Repeat?Arizona Diamondbacks
Strengths: While the Diamondbacks welcome back the power numbers of 1B Adam LaRoche (25 HR, 100 RBI) and OF Chris Young (27 HR, 91 RBI), they will need to improve their sub .265 AVGs. Closer J.J. Putz is a great addition to the bullpen, and SP Armando Galarraga, along with youngster SP Daniel Hudson, look to improve a starting rotation that struggled last year.

Weaknesses: 3B Mark Reynolds is gone. He took with him his 32 HRs from last season but also a .198 AVG. Veteran Melvin Mora will try to fill Reynolds’s shoes, but his career has been in decline for a few years now. This young team needs a leader and will remain at the bottom of the NL until someone emerges.

Analysis: Manager Kirk Gibson will begin his first year as a manager and will need to take control from the start. It’s going to be another long year in Arizona for a team that has a lot of talent but are not too sure how to use it.

Prediction: 5th in NL West

More 2011 NL West Predictions after the jump >>

The World Series Championship Cap is Unfortunate

Championship Cap

I’m not sure how something like this passes through quality control unchallenged — especially with the existence of collections like these — but here we are, with the awfully phallic logo on the back of the Giants’ commemorative championship caps; and while I’m all about some alliteration, surely someone along the production line had to notice as well.

Who knows, maybe the symbol was intentional. You know? As a way to celebrate San Francisco’s outgoing gay community? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s an incredibly-thin stretch.

A Smokin’ Celebration?

Tim Lincecum

Just in time for the Prop19 vote, too! After clinching the World Series Championship last night, following just a gem of a pitching performance, Tim Lincecum offered these thoughts:

Asked after the clincher how he hopes San Francisco would be celebrating he answered “Just a lot of craziness I’m hoping. Lot of beer flowing… smoke in the air I’m hoping…”

Judging by the great screenshot (courtesy of 30fps, of course), it looks like the celebration started in the dugout a little earlier.

More World Series Weirdness

World Series Rape Sign

Saw this over at Barstool Sports (Boston) and considering the already-surreal World Series thus far, with outside shenanigans and the unexpected poor play of the Texas Rangers (peak too soon?), it fits right in. This, of course, is a derivative of the wonderful little Internet meme, courtesy of Antoine Dodson, which was started by this gem of a newscast:


I only hope that, even with the state’s conservative reputation, Texas keeps up with the surreality when Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) come to town. Who knows, maybe we can get some strippers running around on Greene’s Hill.

With weed, of course.

The World Series of Weed?

Let Tim Smoke

California, for all intents and purposes, is the marijuana capitol of the United States. With Prop 19 and the relaxed attitude towards medicinal pot, among other qualifications, the title’s clearly earned. There’s also a pretty heavy weed/drug connection to the World Series as well, and not just because the San Francisco Giants, featuring everybody’s favorite pot-smoking athlete, Tim Lincecum, are involved, either.

There are connections to be made on both sides, whether it’s Ron Washington’s travails or Josh Hamilton’s journey, but thanks to the first two games being played in San Francisco — a city with a very relaxed approach to marijuana — you get the feeling the game is being played under a cloud of pot smoke.

Whether it’s Josh Hamilton getting a contact high from fans in Pac Bell Park’s center field section, a local dispensary rewarding their “patients” for Giants’ home runs, or the discoveries of Dallas/Fort Worth reporter, California’s pot revolution has a strong presence at the 2010 World Series. Granted, this will change when Games 3, 4, and 5 move to Arlington, but there’s always a chance it could be revisited in Games 6 or 7 (if necessary).

As indicated, an on-location reporter from DFW was on-hand, and he also discovered things are a little different in California, especially when marijuana is involved:

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.


So yeah, grab your munchies because the World Series is (or was, anyway) in California and the Prop19 supporters clearly love their Giants. Of course, with the Giants winning Games 1 and 2, they have plenty of reason to cheer.

Oh, and party, evidently.

The World Series In 10 Words Or Less

World Series

The Fall Classic is set to get underway again tonight as the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants battle to own Major League Baseball’s World Champions title. While some might be trying to clown the World Series for not featuring the big market teams, do you think the Giants and Rangers fans give a damn about all that? They just want to watch their respective team win the thing. Embrace the new blood. Embrace Tim Lincecum. Embrace Cliff Lee. Embrace Josh Hamilton. Embrace Cody Ross. Embrace the fact that this series will more than likely be a night-in, night-out pitching duel, starting with Lee and Lincecum.

Now, while IF isn’t necessarily known as a baseball blog, that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyed around here; but because my views aren’t comprehensive, I turned to some sports blog friends so they could offer their thoughts about the upcoming Giants/Texans series, all in 10 words or less. Enjoy:

Hugging Harold Reynolds, king of the Blogs With Balls expo, offers this succinct thought that goes a long way to describe some of the apathy from the “big baseball markets” below:

Who’s playing again? Doesn’t matter, I have Cablevision.

Sad, but true. Follow Harold here.

Next up, the gents at Detroit4Lyfe, with another fitting quote:

Beard, machine, thongs & cocaine? Sounds like an awesome party.

Yes. Yes it does. Follow D4L here.

Keeping with the drug references is Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog, who offers this gem:

I am looking forward to seeing Tim Lincecum use the trophy as a huge bong in the offseason.

It’s funny `cause it’s true. Follow Eric here.

Now for the lady of the group, Sooze of Babes Love Baseball. Sooze is a hugely massive fan of Joe Mauer, but her love for Joe might be on hold for now:

Joe who? Gerald Buster Dempsey Posey III is my new boyfriend.

Buster Posey

Do these Fall Classic romances last, though? Follow Sooze here.

Next we have Nicholas of PSAMP, who is no doubt lamenting the plight of his Pittsburgh Pirates as we speak.

Freddy Sanchez: World Series champs MVP. Go former Pirates!

See what I mean? Follow Nick here.

The prolific Ethan Jaynes didn’t disappoint, either.

Rangers are in the World Series? You have got to be on crack! … wait

I really hope Josh Hamilton and Ron Washington have tough outer-shells. Follow Ethan here.

Now it’s time for David Chalk of 7th Inning Stache and Bugs and Cranks to offer his take. Weep for Hinske:

Eric `Shitske` Hinske must feel so empty now. Go Giants.

In Hinske’s defense, not much else he could do, really. Follow David here.

Finally, we have Anthony Panici of the world-renowned Paneech blog. I’m a fan, so if it’s not world-renowned, it damn well should be. I think you’ll notice a theme here:

I would like to see the Texas Rehabbers, I mean Rangers win only because I like Nolan Ryan.

So what we have here is a case of rehabbers versus pot smokers. Who’s your money on? As for me, my 10 words go something like this:

Thank goodness it’s basketball season. Try scheduling earlier, Bud.

Like I said, IF isn’t known as being the biggest baseball blog, and with good reason. Actually, I’m probably rooting for the Giants because I was born near San Francisco, and I do like Lincecum, regardless of how much he smokes (or doesn’t). That being said, I’m expecting the Rangers to win and your MVP will be Cliff Lee.

I just hope he doesn’t wind up in New York after the Texans’ season is over, because that would only further my lack of baseball knowledge.